Well, three winners actually. The competition was intense and the quality was amazing, making the judging one of the hardest tasks I and the other judges have ever had. Every team here had done amazing work but in the end the top spot went to the team from the Bandarban Hill District of Bangladesh who had been fighting to stop illegal stone extraction which was drying up the rivers and threatening biodiversity as well as the livelihoods of local indigenous people.
They were pitted against powerful local syndicates they had to battle in the courts, as well as educating and winning over the local community. Their struggle is far from over but the extra funds and the chance to make new connections at the Climate Reality event will help. Truly worthy winners.
In the next posts I'll cover the two runners up plus some more on Bhutan itself - possibly the most beautiful little country in the world.